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Plains Hog-Nosed Snake

Heterodon nasicus nasicus
The plains hog-nosed snake differs from the eastern hog-nosed snake by having a sharply upturned snout and black pigment on the underside of the tail. This species has always been quite rare in Missouri and has not been seen for many years; it has probably been extirpated.

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11-2010 Timber Rattlesnake

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Missouri’s largest venomous snake has the camouflage and demeanor to keep it under the radar.

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Prairie Kingsnake (Prairie King Snake)

Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster
The prairie kingsnake is fairly common over most of the state. The overall color is tan, brownish-gray, or greenish-gray. Numerous dark blotches down the back and sides are brown, reddish, or greenish brown. It lives in prairies and open woods and on rocky, wooded hillsides.

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Prairie Ring-Necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus arnyi
Prairie ring-necked snakes are easily recognizable by their small size, uniform dark color on the back, bright yellow-orange belly, and distinct yellow ring around the neck.

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Red Milksnake

Video of a red milksnake in the wild.

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Red Milksnake (Red Milk Snake)

Lampropeltis triangulum syspila
One of Missouri’s most beautifully colored snakes, the harmless red milksnake often is misidentified as the venomous coral snake, which is not found in Missouri.

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Rough Earthsnake (Rough Earth Snake)

Virginia striatula
The rough earthsnake is a small, plain-looking snake of open, rocky woodlands in the Missouri Ozarks. They normally don’t exceed 10 inches in length.

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Shedding Some Light On Snakes

"Just leave them to their rat killin'," as my grandmother used to say. Here are a few answers to some common snake questions we hear at Twin Pines.

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Smooth Greensnake

The smooth greensnake used to live in Missouri. It differs from the northern rough greensnake (O. aestivus aestivus) by having smooth scales, a smaller size and a more northern distribution in our state. It is a Species of Conservation Concern.

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Missourians' risk of death by snakebite is on par with the odds of being struck by falling space debris.

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